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two mason jars filled with nomato sauce diagonally placed on a beige table top with a light beige cloth napkin to the left of the jars there are two sprigs of fresh rosemary placed to the right or the jars and a few leaves of rosemary scattered toward the front of the frame

Classic Nomato Sauce (AIP, paleo, vegan)

  • Author: Nicole @healmedelicious
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This paleo, AIP, vegan and nightshade-free Classic Nomato Sauce is so similar in taste to tomato sauce, you might even fool your tomato-eating friends and family members.


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  • 1.5 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced (about 2 medium sized carrots)
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 medium sized beet, finely cubed
  • 1 tsp thyme (dried or fresh)
  • 1 tsp basil (dried or fresh)
  • 1 tsp oregano (dried or fresh)
  • 1 tsp rosemary (dried or fresh)
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup for vegan
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a large stock pot, add olive oil and heat on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add onion, garlic, carrot, celery and squash and sauté 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add a splash of water if necessary to keep from sticking.
  2. Once onions begin to become translucent, add in beets, salt and dried herbs and sauté 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Next, add in red wine vinegar and cook a couple minutes to allow the vinegar to evaporate. 
  4. Finally, add in water and honey or maple syrup. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and cover. 
  5. Simmer on low for 30 minutes or until carrots, beets and squash are soft. 
  6. Once your veggies are soft, remove from heat and allow everything to cool. 
  7. Blend ingredients into a smooth sauce using an immersion blender or carefully transfer to a blender. Season with salt as necessary once blended
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Sauces

Keywords: nomato sauce, tomato-free, nightshade free, marinara sauce, AIP, paleo, vegan